The most critical element of any successful camp is the coaching staff. We are confident that we will provide some of the best coaches and teachers in the sport. Coach McCutcheon is personally involved with every session to ensure campers are receiving instruction to maximize their growth and development.
Hugh McCutcheon, Camp Director
Hugh McCutcheon is currently in his sixth year at the helm of the Golden Gopher program. In his first six seasons, McCutcheon has compiled a record of 162-43 and led Minnesota to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2015 and 2016 and to the Sweet 16 in 2017. In 2015 McCutcheon was named Big 10 Coach of the Year and was also recognized as the AVCA National Coach of the Year. Prior to his time at the University of Minnesota, McCutcheon coached at three Olympic Games, earning a Gold Medal in Beijing (2008) and a Silver Medal in London (2012). McCutcheon is currently serving as the President of the Coaching and Technical Commission for the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation).
Laura Kasey is currently in her third year with the Golden Gopher program. In her first three years, Kasey helped Minnesota to a Big 10 championship in 2015, back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2015 and 2016, and to the Sweet 16 in 2017. In addition to recruiting, Kasey's primary focus is training the Gopher middle blockers. In just three years, Kasey has helped four Gopher middle blockers earn AVCA All-American selections.
Matt Houk is currently in his fourth year with the Golden Gopher program. During his time with the program, Minnesota has compiled a record of 135-35, won the Big 10 championship in 2015, made back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2015 and 2016, and appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2017. Houk is primarily responsible for training setters and defensive specialists. Houk helped setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson become Big 10 Freshman of the Year, Big 10 Setter of the Year, and a three-time AVCA All-American.